||Tour de Fours III
||Coin and define a word containing -- with no other letters between them, but in any order you like -- the letters L, E, A and F.
||Our Sunday Constitutional
||Write a new article or amendment to the Constitution, using on the words contained in the existing document (including amendments).
||WordCount Us In
||Write a poem of no more than four lines containing four or more consecutive words on the WordCount list. They must occur in the sentence in the order they appear on the list.
||Tour de Fours II
||Create and define a word that includes, consecutively, E, R, A and N. in any order.
||Ask Backwards, Erudite Edition
||You are on "Jeopardy!" Here are the sophisticated answers. You supply the questions.
||Find two well-known movies, plays, or TV shows whose title have a significant word in common, combine their titles, and describe the hybrid.
||Contest Fodder Created!
||Produce absurdly parochial views of historical events.
||The News Could be Verse
||Translate the fine prose of Washington Post articles into verse. Choose any article appearing in The Post of on its Web site from April 17 through April 25.
||Take a Letter -- Again
||Take a word, term or name that begins with A, B, C or D; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.
||H H |
||Come up with an appropriate name for a cafeteria--or meeting room, or an employee lounge, or some other workplace spot--for a particular institution.
||History Loves Company
||Name an appropriate corporate sponsor for some historical event or for someone's life story.
||Send Us the Bill
||Come up with a bill sponsored by any combination of the newly elected members of Congress and explain the purpose of the bill.
||Hyphen the Terrible (New Edition!)
||Combine the beginning of any multi-syllabic word in this week's Invitational with the end of any other multi-syllabic word in this column (or in this week's Web supplement) to coin a new word, and then define it.
||It's Parody Time
||Offer, in the holiday spirit of goodwill, some advice--as constructive and unifying as Loserly suggestions always are--to our nation's leaders (or the loyal opposition) as we prepare for the next four years. This advice will be set to the tune of some winter holiday song, either religious or secular.
||Combine the names of any two countries in the world and describe the new hybrid country.
||Get Your But in Here
||Produce a line that fits this structure: (Real thing based upon current events) is (word or phrase suggesting some quality) but (other word or phrase suggesting a dissimilar or incompatible quality), like (funny analogy).
||Come up with a new curse for this millennium.
||It's a Setup
||Come up with joke setups for any of the provided punch lines.
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions?
||(1) Design one or more steps for a 12-step program for the recovering Invitationalaholic; (2) Propose a devious method by which we might lure Russell Beland back.
||Cut and Pastiche
||Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in today's Post. You cannot subdivide words.
||What is going on in these cartoons?
||What's the Pun Line?
||Ask a question and answer it, somewhere incorporating the name of a least one famous person.
||The New-Name Offense
||Propose changes for the names of places and things that need it, either because there is something wrong with their name, or because another name would be so much more descriptive.
||Come up with lines that could be uttered by Dan Rather, with his unbearably folksy excesses.
||Supply bad openings to college application biographies.
||No End in Sight
||Write the beginnings of sentences you don't want to hear the end of.